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Grand Strand Overview


The Grand Strand consists of 60 miles of pristine coastline starting in Little River, and extending to the Winyah Bay in Georgetown County. The major areas along the Grand Strand include Little River, North Myrtle Beach, Myrtle Beach, Carolina Forest, Market Common, Surfside Beach, and Pawleys Island. Each of these areas has unique characteristics, and a culture all its own. The Grand Strand enjoys a robust tourism industry and a permanent resident population. From the traditional neighborhoods of Carolina Forest to the quaint streets of Pawleys Island, the Grand Strand offers it all. Below are short descriptions of the major communities of the Grand Strand and their unique real estate markets.

Little River

Little River

Little River is the northernmost community of the Grand Strand and sits along the border of North Carolina and South Carolina. With its founding in the late 1600’s, it is one of South Carolina’s oldest communities. It was founded as a fishing community and it still holds on to those ties today. Little River is known for its water activities, fresh seafood, gorgeous views of the Intracoastal Waterway, and annual festivals. Each year, Little River hosts The World Famous Blue Crab Festival in May and the Shrimp Festival in October. As of August 2021, the median sales price for a single family home was $328,993 with homes selling in 107 days.

North Myrtle Beach

North Myrtle Beach is a very versatile community that appeals to both local residents and tourists. This community offers everything from world-class shopping at Barefoot Landing to public beach access to the gorgeous Atlantic Ocean. North Myrtle Beach offers many events throughout the year for the surrounding communities. These include a drive-through light display during the winter holiday season and outdoor concerts during the summer. As of August 2021, the median sales price for a single family home was $456,621 with homes selling in 128 days.

Myrtle Beach

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Myrtle Beach is the most active community in all of the Grand Strand. With a thriving tourism industry, Myrtle Beach has endless options for attractions and restaurants. Locals and tourists will never run out of new and exciting things to do and experience in the community. From a 187 foot tall ferris wheel to shopping at Broadway at the Beach, Myrtle Beach truly offers it all. Myrtle Beach also is home to one of the largest golf tourism industries in the world. Golfers come from all over the world to play the over 60 golf courses that Myrtle Beach and the Grand Strand have to offer. Due to the booming tourism industries, Myrtle Beach’s real estate market is highly desirable. As of August 2021, the median sales price for a single family home was $442,500 with homes selling in 126 days.

Carolina Forest

Carolina Forest is located just inland from Myrtle Beach across the Intracoastal Waterway. As a family oriented community, quiet neighborhoods and bustling restaurants and businesses compose the area. Carolina Forest continues to grow and as it prepares to welcome new families through road widening projects, developing new shopping complexes, and continued growth of the housing market. As of August 2021, the median sales price for a single family home was $358,175 with homes selling in 141 days.

Market Common

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Market Common is an urban district containing residential neighborhoods, shopping, dining, and parks. Originally the Myrtle Beach Air Force base that closed in 1993, Market Common opened in 2008 and has been growing ever since. In order to showcase the rich history of the land, many of the streets are named after significant figures. Plaques also can be found throughout the area with information about the Myrtle Beach Air Force Base. For both locals and tourists, The Market Common provides year-round events such as movies under the stars and carriage rides. For residents, it offers apartments, townhomes, and single-family homes all within walking distance of shops, restaurants, and parks. From July 2021 to October 2021, single-family home prices varied from $325,000 to $524,000 for single-family homes and condo/townhome prices ranged from $162,000 to $410,000.

Surfside Beach

Surfside Beach is another family-centered community located south of Myrtle Beach. This community was designated the first Autism friendly travel destination in the world. Residents feel a strong sense of pride in their community due to the ability to be involved in government decisions. Surfside Beach is home to great restaurants and shopping that is only a short golf cart or bike ride away. Every year, Surfside Beach has an annual Family Festival and Surfside Methodist Fall Festival.  As of August 2021, the median sales price for a single family home was $317,159 with homes selling in 107 days.

Pawleys Island

Pawleys Island is a peaceful community located thirty minutes south of Myrtle Beach. With history dating back to the 1700’s, this community works endlessly to preserve the quaint feeling that residents and visitors love. The island remains nearly unchanged with development occurring on mainland Pawleys Island. Mainland modern luxuries including world-class golf, tennis, shopping, and dining. Both visitors and locals are drawn to the slower pace of life that this community offers. “Arrogantly Shabby” continues to describe the quaint community.  As of August 2021, the median sales price for a single family home was $475,626 with homes selling in 126 days.

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